Thursday, January 12, 2012

'Grey's Anatomy' Review - 8.11 This Magic Moment

        In the newest episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, the doctors split into teams for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins; Bailey recruits Meredith to be a buffer between her and Ben when he puts pressure on moving their relationship to a more serious level; Richard teaches Alex a tough lesson in O.R.; and Teddy questions Cristina about what exactly happened to Henry during his surgery.

        The main focus of this episode was on one sole medical case that had all of our favorite doctors working to separate two conjoined babies. The program has done episodes where the medical case takes the majority of the focus instead of the relationship drama, but this case was just not extraordinarily special to the average viewer. Yes, the doctors kept speaking of how vital and big this surgery was but it didn't really come off the screen that way. The parents of the babies were very interesting characters but it was a bit disappointing that they started off with the "I know you don't believe in us but we can do this" speech that we as viewers hear every time a young parent character with flaws enters the show.
        Comedic moments were abound in every portion of this episode but the sweetest of which happened as Meredith was caught between Ben and Bailey. Bailey and Meredith are similar characters. Bailey had everything - a career, a husband, a child - and now Meredith has everything - a career, a husband, a child. Bailey's fears of moving things forward with Ben are truly heartfelt and its nice to see that he still has his touch of getting her to break down her inner walls - one step at a time.
        The episode also dropped a small story of how Teddy is handling Henry's death after two weeks. Apparently in those weeks, she has asked Cristina to describe every single detail of his surgery over and over again. I was unsure of where exactly this was going when Teddy started grilling Cristina with the specifics and preying on her uncertainties. April really connected with the audience as she spoke up with what we were thinking - Shut up, he's gone, deal with it. However, it was calming to hear that everything that could have been done was done. Teddy said, "You were just like me in there," which excellently echoed her statement last week that Cristina was the closest thing to being her. Teddy crying in two back-to-back episodes over the same thing might seem over redundant but it felt right for the moment and hopefully she will be able to gather herself more in the succeeding episodes.

Side Notes:
  • That brief moment between Lexie and Mark was so contrived and forced and unnecessary to the overall hour.
  • It is so nice to see Meredith, Derek and Zola as one big happy family.
  • That light-hearted Calzona scene was sweet and hopefully going forward we continue to see those facets of those characters. 
  • Haven't we already had a storyline where a character is taught never to give up a once in a lifetime surgery? It just seemed done before and really Richard you wanted to pile even more stuff on Alex?